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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...
The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Even the building is art

Combining this sweet museum with the Victorian Conservatory, and a walk through the park, or just sitting looking out over the city is a pleasant treat by anybody's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado

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New York
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a super small museum and I would not pay the suggested 9 dollars an adult. Since admission was suggested I gave 5dollars for two adults. I also had a toddler in tow. I especially enjoyed the modern art displayed at the museum. I found the rest of the museum to be lack luster. You can view the whole... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Art Deco design inside is unexpected and lovely. Check the special exhibit schedule. Worth a trip on a weekend afternoon.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

SAAM is a small museum in a lovely building bookended by stone camels It is worthwhile for the exhibits. The current one, in place until October 4 (M-Tu closed, first Thursdays free) is Chiho Aushima's work "Rebirth of the World" featuring a 60 foot( I think) animation of a gorgeous world in which anime-faced buildings sway happily in their perfect... More 

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Fort Morgan, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Was disappointed with the Asian Art Museum. Very limited collection and what was displayed was not in very good shape. One exception was the snuff bottle collection. It's the best exhibit in the museum. Calligraphy was well represented by sheer numbers of pieces if not quantity.

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Combining this sweet museum with the Victorian Conservatory, and a walk through the park, or just sitting looking out over the city is a pleasant treat by anybody's definition. The museum's permanent collection is small enough that it does not overwhelm, and the temporary exhibits are almost always interesting. The most recent one concerns washed up detritus from the Japanese... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I found Seattle's Asian Art Museum, a branch of the Seattle Art Museum, nestled in the visually stunning environs of Volunteer Park. The museum's collections currently on display in the historical left wing of the permanent galleries included some absolutely superb Tang Dynasty pieces including tomb guardians and brightly enameled ceramic pieces, Zhou Dynasty Bronzes and delicately carved Qing Dynasty... More 

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This small museum does not have a large or comprehensive collection of Asian art, but what it does have is very well curated and displayed. Temporary exhibits are also excellent. One of the guards was very friendly, and as knowledgeable as many docents in other museums.

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I have, on visits to Seattle, gone to this museum twice and was pleased each time. It's in a lovely park (Volunteer Park) where you can walk before or after. Well curated and interesting selection of exhibits.

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seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Seattle Asian Art Museum is a beautiful museum in an historic building and a stunning seatting looking over the city from Volunteer Park It generally has only a few exhibits but the exhibits they have are well worth seeing. They mix antiquities, modern and contemporary artists.

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North Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Wow, this was our first time going to Volunteer Park - the park alone is stunning with lots of places to visit. We only had time for our stop at the Museum and what a building- beautiful art deco architecture. Staff were very helpful to greet us and assist in finding exhibits.

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